around

Use the adverb around to describe something that's on every side of you. When you're on a boat far out at sea, with no land in sight, there's water all around you.

Around means "surrounding," and it can also mean "the opposite direction," as when you tell someone to turn around. You can also scatter things around, or put them here and there, or all over the place. When you need to estimate an amount, you can say, "We have around five dollars left." The word around wasn't used much before the 15th century, and today many of its uses are purely American — British speakers would say about instead.

Definitions of around
  1. adverb
    in the area or vicinity
    “hanging around
    “waited around for the next flight”
    synonyms: about
  2. adverb
    to a particular destination either specified or understood
    “she came around to see me”
    “I invited them around for supper”
  3. adverb
    used of movement to or among many different places or in no particular direction
    “traveled around in Asia”
    “he needs advice from someone who's been around
    synonyms: about
  4. adverb
    all around or on all sides
    “There were trees growing all around
    “she looked around her”
    synonyms: about
  5. adverb
    in a circle or circular motion
    “The wheels are spinning around
  6. adverb
    by a circular or circuitous route
    “He came all the way around the base”
    “the road goes around the pond”
  7. adverb
    in circumference
    “the trunk is ten feet around
    “the pond is two miles around
  8. adverb
    (of quantities) imprecise but fairly close to correct
    “weighs around a hundred pounds”
    synonyms: about, approximately, close to, just about, more or less, or so, roughly, some
  9. adverb
    in or to a reversed position or direction
    “suddenly she turned around
    synonyms: about
  10. adverb
    from beginning to end; throughout
    “frigid weather the year around
    synonyms: round
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